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Old 11-05-2014, 07:30 PM
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My neighbor across the street just bought one . Great flare and fishing room. He has the 250 on it . I'll be fishing on it soon , I will let this thread know. The only thing he did say that he should have bought it with the 200. The hull is fast doesn't need a 250. I take that as a good advice as he has owned a few boats with 250's. Might save you a few dollars.
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Old 11-10-2014, 01:32 AM
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anything to add out there on this boat?
Got one on order that will be delivered in December-can't wait
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Originally Posted by keyesdisease View Post
Got one on order that will be delivered in December-can't wait
Did you run one and with what motor?
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Old 11-16-2014, 04:03 AM
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Did you run one and with what motor?
I did not test one. I am getting the Yamaha 150 as I am not that much into speed anymore. The layout on most everyone's bay boat in this price point is very similar but the Carolina flare, overall looks and fit & finish did it for me. And yes I did hit the hull with my fist. It made the same sound the boat will make when hitting chop/waves-a very solid thud and not vibrating fiberglas. I will post more info when hitting the water if anyone is interested.
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Old 01-27-2015, 04:29 PM
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Sorry, little late to the party, but wanted to share my new purchase. I couldn't be more happy. I had some custom work done on the boat. I went with the black powder coated fiberglass t-top and added two bow back rests with handles for the boss and little ones to hold on to when slow cruising. Liked the upgrade with the tan cushions. Went with the Yamaha 225 XCA 4.2L with command link. Added a Lowrance HDS-12 Gen2 touch with a MotorGuide Xi5 wireless w/pinpoint so I could pair with my Lowrance. Topped it of with a 10' Talon shallow water anchor and underwater LED lights. Very dry boat, very maneuverable, lots of fishing space and the bow is awesome to fish off of or for sunbathing.



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Old 01-27-2015, 05:06 PM
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Very sexy
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Thanks! She really rides nice. Also added trim tabs, gets out of the hole quick. Handles chop great and prefers to ride on top of the chop. The Carolina flair really helps keeping the cockpit dry. I just added a black canvas wind screen (curtains) and looking to add side/wing curtains.

I am very impressed with my purchase. I was looking at the Young 24 because I didn't want another factory boat but couldn't decide if I wanted to pony up the extra $ for an awesome built custom boat. Rob builds a great boat, but if I had any issues with it I would have to drive to FL to get fixed. My buddy told me about Tidewater so I checked them out. I live in a Columbia, SC so I had Sea Hunt made locally along with Tidewater and Key West, Scout and Sportsman down near Charleston to look and compare. I was very impressed with the construction, customer service and Jimmy Metts (owner) was very receptive to my custom requests. It helps that I am local so if anything happens I don't have to go far. Brandon and Scott at Marine 360 are great guys, have great customer service, have a great relationship with Tidewater and made the whole process enjoyable.
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Old 01-27-2015, 06:00 PM
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That looks great!
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Old 01-27-2015, 06:05 PM
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Welcome to the forum. It's the bet one on the internet. Congratulations on getting one of the best values in boating on the internet. You should go sign onto the Tidewater owners forum and say hello to everyone there too. It's a good forum with good Tidewater specific info on it.
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Old 01-27-2015, 06:21 PM
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10-4 will do. Here is some additional pics of the custom work that Tidewater did. A better look at the bow back rests that can be taken in and out. Also, they color matched the bottom of the fiberglass hard top to match my cushions.



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Old 01-27-2015, 06:52 PM
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LOOK at Sea Born boats the FX series. It's quite a boat line...
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Old 01-27-2015, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by ColaHoo View Post
10-4 will do. Here is some additional pics of the custom work that Tidewater did. A better look at the bow back rests that can be taken in and out. Also, they color matched the bottom of the fiberglass hard top to match my cushions.



Nice! I'm in Cola too and been thinking of this boat since it's built here. Congrats!
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Old 01-28-2015, 05:38 AM
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Colahoo your boat looks great! did tidewater do all the custom things for you? can you PM me and give me a ballpark idea what the cost for one like yours is? also any performance numbers you might be willing to share with your F225 power? thank you
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Old 01-28-2015, 08:10 AM
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How does the 2200 handle rough water compared to other 22 foot bay boats? Which dealers give the best deals?
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Old 01-28-2015, 08:42 AM
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Cola Hoo,

Thank you for posting this... I'm actually looking at a 2200 with a 200 Yamaha.

Not sure you've had the chance yet, but how does the boat handle in seas? Say 2-3?

The website advertises the boat with a 9" draft with no motor and dry. How does yours draft to the keel (not the pocket transom?)

What is your overall opinion of how it handles?

What bracket did you use and how did you mount the talon?

Beautiful boat man. Thanks again for sharing. Congrats!

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Old 01-28-2015, 08:51 AM
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Colahoo......nice boat. Must be mid 50's with that motor. More pics.
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by carbidemanfishing View Post
How does the 2200 handle rough water compared to other 22 foot bay boats? Which dealers give the best deals?

The boat handles very well in 2-3 chop. My test ride was in snotty conditions 2-4 and was amazed how the boat wanted to be on top of the chop. Trim tabs are/were a plus in making the ride comfortable. The flair does its job and pushes water out. It's very dry but a cross wind can sometimes bring a little spray. I bought the boat to fish bays and backwaters for SC and FL. I have no intentions of taking offshore in the Carolina's unless sees are favorable. As far as dealers, Brandon at Marine 360 is awesome to deal with. Scott is the finance mgr and great to work with. They are local to Tidewater so they have a great relationship with the owner Jimmy Metts. They are very competitive.
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Old 01-28-2015, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Sneaky Snook View Post
Cola Hoo,

Thank you for posting this... I'm actually looking at a 2200 with a 200 Yamaha.

Not sure you've had the chance yet, but how does the boat handle in seas? Say 2-3?

The website advertises the boat with a 9" draft with no motor and dry. How does yours draft to the keel (not the pocket transom?)

What is your overall opinion of how it handles?

What bracket did you use and how did you mount the talon?

Beautiful boat man. Thanks again for sharing. Congrats!
The boat I tested was with a 200 Yamaha 3.3L. I was not at all impressed with that 200. Very loud. I went with the new 225 4.2L XCA. I believe it was the 1st Carolina Bay rigged with a 225. I am not big into speed so the 250 was a big need for me, but I am no engine expert but I believe the 225 is built on the same block as the 250. She goes 55-58 mph without a problem. Cruising speed for me is 23-30 mph. 4.7-5.7 gph for what I remember. Haven't had her out in a month.

The boat handles very well in 2-3. The boat's beam is 8'6" and with the flair it provides a very wide and solid platform. I would suggest trim tabs. This is just personal opinion and like. I haven't had the boat in an any skinny water yet so I can't give you a solid answer on that, but with how wide the boat is the weight is well balanced and doesn't list on its side when two adults are on one side.

The boat handles great and went with the tilt steering for better handling and comfort when on the helm. Like I mentioned earlier I was sold on a Young 24 Bay but couldn't swallow the price. This was the next best thing I could find and I am so happy with my decision. One thing that's really impressive is when you compare to other boats in its class (Sea Hunt, Key West, Sportsman etc) they look so small because the Carolina flair adds some much width and room at the bow down to the console. It's a massive difference.

The bracket on the talon was needed. I can't remeber the correct adapter bracket but I believe it was the sandwich style which mounts between the transom and outboard and not the side mount. I don't have a Jack plate but may add later.
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Old 01-28-2015, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by pastaman1234 View Post
Colahoo......nice boat. Must be mid 50's with that motor. More pics.
Pastaman - you are correct upper 50's with dual Venture tandem axel trailer w/brakes.



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Old 01-28-2015, 04:56 PM
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Colahoo,

Awesome info and feedback.

I am probably going to be buying a 2200 Carolina Bay in the coming week or so. I am very glad you mentioned your dislike for the 200.... was there anything else besides the noise you didn't like, such as performance, or was it just a general feeling of dislike you got? Did you test the inline four 200 or the V6 200? the 4.2 liter 225 is actually lighter than the legacy V6 200.

Regarding the trim tabs, I noticed that none of the Tidewaters I looked at today had trim tabs. I also noted that the unique transom design would make for a unique tab install... do the pistons of your tabs mount to the sponsons on the transom? What size tabs did you go with?

I'm pretty excited and can't wait to pull the trigger on my new ride. I'll post photos when I got the deal sealed. It's a beautiful boat. thanks again for posting.
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